Test Your FERPA Knowledge Quiz! Trivia

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Test Your FERPA Knowledge Quiz! Trivia

How much do you know about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, as it relates to higher education? Take this quiz and find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Under FERPA, when a student becomes an eligible student, rights accorded to parents transfer to the student. What is an "eligible" student?
    • A. 

      A student who is no longer a dependent for tax purposes

    • B. 

      A student in good academic standing

    • C. 

      A student who has not been disqualified from access to education records as a result of a criminal conviction

    • D. 

      A student who has turned 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level

    • E. 

      A student who is not listed as being in a relationship on Facebook

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is NOT considered an education record?
    • A. 

      Transcript

    • B. 

      Physicians’ records used for treatment purposes

    • C. 

      Professors’ and administrators’ personal records about students made for their own use and not shared with others

    • D. 

      B and C

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
    A student may access all of his/her education records except:
    • A. 

      Financial records of the student's parent(s)

    • B. 

      Those to which he/she has waived access

    • C. 

      Letters of recommendation received prior to January 1, 1975

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      There are no exceptions. A student can access all of his/her education records.

  • 4. 
    When do a student's FERPA rights expire?
    • A. 

      When the student graduates from the institution

    • B. 

      When the student is no longer enrolled

    • C. 

      When the student dies

    • D. 

      25 years after the date of separation from the institution

    • E. 

      There is no expiration date

  • 5. 
    When a university faculty or staff member releases a student's education record without that student's consent or outside of one of the exceptions for release without consent, the student has the right for monetary damages from that faculty/staff person:
    • A. 

      Always

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      Never

  • 6. 
    Which of the following may NOT be considered directory information under FERPA?
    • A. 

      Student's date of birth

    • B. 

      A student's photograph

    • C. 

      A student's class schedule

    • D. 

      A student's telephone number

    • E. 

      A student's enrollment status

  • 7. 
    A student requests as part of his "education record" access to every email that you have sent about him.  You cull through your inbox and print out the emails you have on your computer.  However, your institution routinely backs up your email and keeps it digitally for 6 months.  What is your institution's obligation to respond to this request, assuming that the email is not physically maintained in a student's file and you do not routinely have access to the backup?
    • A. 

      If the institution is able to pull up a deleted file or if the institution can access an old file that has been saved to a folder that is currently maintained and accessible, the same access should be given to the student

    • B. 

      Email is not considered an "education record" and you can ignore the student's request

    • C. 

      The institution does not have to extract deleted email from its database or on backup tapes slated for deletion, unless the institution has itself pulled up those types of deleted email and has regular access to them

    • D. 

      The institution must exhaust all efforts to recover the email

    • E. 

      A & C

  • 8. 
    Can students on a judicial panel be considered "school officials" by an institution, and thus be entitled to disclosure of education records without a student's permission?
    • A. 

      Yes, always

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      Never

  • 9. 
    An institution can share a student's education records with other internal university officials without that student's consent.
    • A. 

      Always

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      Never

  • 10. 
    A local car dealership has requested from your institution a mailing list of all current students and their local address for its marketing efforts.  The car dealership claims that since this is directory information, the dealership has the right to that information.  Must institutions make available directory information to the general public?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

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